The Genesis of the Dallas Cowboys

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Back to the original Dallas Texans. In 1944 Ted Collins founded a team called the Boston Yanks. You are probably asking yourself what Boston and Yanks have to do with Dallas or Cowboys. Fair enough. Collins moved his team to New York in 1949, and called them the Bulldogs. Then in 1950 he changed their name back to Yanks, but this time the New York Yanks. Yes, there was a New York Yankees football team, but that team played in the All American Football Conference.

Incidentally, in 1949 the New York Yankees of the AAFC drafted a DB from Texas named Thomas Wade Landry. In 1950 he left the Yankees and joined the New York Giants of the NFL.

Sep 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys fans Joann Hannis takes a picture of her husband Terry Hannis in front of the Tom Landry statue prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Okay, but what do the New York Yanks have to do with Dallas? Just this, in 1952 Collins sold the Yanks to a textiles magnate in Dallas named Giles Miller and he moved the team to Dallas and called them the Dallas Texans.

Their colors were navy blue and white. Giles was sure the football crazy state of Texas would fall in love with the NFL. Well, he was right, but his timing was off. The 1952 Dallas Texans finished the season a disappointing 1-11, and Giles Miller forfeited the team midway through the season and the Texans returned to the barnstorming ways as they played out their season all on the road.

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  • Artie C

    I knew about the fight song, but not the bribe. Good story

  • Sam Lane

    Good story, great franchise, until the current micromanaging, egomaniac, camera & microphone magnet, purchased the team. Reminds me that if Al Davis had a evil buffoon twin, Jerry Jones would be his name.